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Helping Those Injured in Parking Lots by Negligent Drivers

We often see parking lots as “safe” due to the fact that cars are going at relatively low speeds. However, the truth is that accidents still happen in parking lots, and these accidents can be even more dangerous than those that occur on the roads. If you were involved in an auto collision at a parking lot, then you understand the danger completely, and you are probably in need of a skilled attorney.

Thankfully, we at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, are here to help. We understand how frightening and frustrating this experience is for you, and we want to get you the compensation you not only need, but also deserve. As seasoned injury lawyers, we happily serve our clients, fighting to get them proper settlements. To talk to one of our team members, call us at (818) 507-4311 today.

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When Accidents Happen in Parking Lots

While it is true that the slower a vehicle is going before a collision, the less dangerous the collision will be, that does not mean that parking lots are automatically safe. There are a number of incredibly common parking lot collisions, some of which you may have seen before. The most common accidents to happen in a parking lot include:

Rear-end collisions: Cars will often stop and start suddenly in parking lots in order to avoid other vehicles backing out of spots, or pedestrians crossing the lot. If another driver is too close, then it could result in a rear-end collision. Even at low speeds, this kind of impact can lead to soft-tissue damage.

T-bones: Many parking lots will require drivers to turn to navigate out of them. These turns can result in T-bone accidents, where one car hits the side of another car. These kinds of accidents are particularly dangerous, as the driver and passengers have very little protection on the side and could be seriously hurt, even in a low-speed collision.

Hit-and-runs: Oftentimes drivers do not want to deal with the consequences of their actions. Parking lots are easy to speed out of, making them an easy escape for any negligent drivers. That means that hit-and-runs on parked cars are sadly common.

Pedestrians accidents: People need to get out of their cars and walk over to the business they are visiting. At the same time, other people in cars are still in the process of finding a spot and parking. The result is that a lot of pedestrians will cross lots while negligent drivers are too busy trying to find a spot to pay attention. Sadly, it is the pedestrian who ends up suffering the most.

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What Makes Parking Lots Dangerous

There are many factors that make parking lots surprisingly dangerous. The most prominent of those, however, is the distraction that comes with trying to find a spot. Most drivers in parking lots are paying more attention to the parked cars than they are the pedestrians or moving vehicles in front of them. This means that the drivers are too distracted to stop when the car in front of them suddenly hits the brakes, or a pedestrian is crossing not far ahead. As a result, there is a collision, and those involved are often seriously injured. Even a low-speed accident can result in:

This is especially true for any pedestrians. Pedestrians have little to no protection in the event of a collision, meaning that even a slow car can cause catastrophic injuries. The truth of the matter is that parking lots can be incredibly dangerous. Drivers and pedestrians alike lower their guard because of the slow speeds, however, when drivers allow themselves to become distracted, it leads to disaster in parking lots.

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When to File a Claim

After becoming the victim of a parking lot accident, you may wonder whether or not a claim is worth it. The at-fault driver was going slowly, the damage to your car may not seem too bad, and your injuries may seem minor. Is the effort of a claim really worth it? Yes. If you have suffered injuries and property damage due to someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation.

On top of that, it is very possible that your injuries are far worse than you think. Adrenaline and shock can mask pain, and if the injury is primarily internal, then it may be a few days before you even notice the symptoms. Never assume that you are unhurt just because the pain isn’t that bad.

If it turns out that your wounds are severe, then you will need to seek medical treatment. That treatment will not be cheap. You may require surgery in extreme cases, and few people can afford that. Even worse, the treatment will likely require a long period of rest, meaning that you may not be able to work. By filing a claim, you can make sure all of those costs are covered. On top of medical bills and lost wages, you can also recover damages for:

  • Loss of employment opportunities
  • Property damage
  • Therapy costs
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Lowered quality of life

That being said, simply filing the claim may not be enough. The at-fault driver is unlikely to just admit fault, and his or her insurance provider is even less likely to hand over a proper settlement. However, that doesn’t mean you should just give up hope: it means you should reach out to a skilled legal team.

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Call Our Firm for Excellent Legal Help

As top-notch Glendale car accident attorneys with years of experience, we have seen just how dangerous parking lots can truly be. Many of our clients have been injured in similar collisions and were left hopeless. However, with our help, those clients got the compensation they deserved and went on to live a comfortable life. We want to do the same for you. Call us, Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 to tell our legal team about your accident. We are ready to help.

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